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(1)Where a person—
(a)is convicted of an offence under this Act (other than an offence under section 22(3) or an offence relating specifically to air weapons) or is convicted of a crime for which he is sentenced to imprisonment, . . . F1 or detention in a detention centre or [F2in a young offenders’ institution] in Scotland [F3or is subject to a [F4detention and training order]]; or
(b)has been ordered to enter into a recognizance to keep the peace or to be of good behaviour, a condition of which is that he shall not possess, use or carry a firearm; or
(c)is subject to a [F5community order] containing a requirement that he shall not possess, use or carry a firearm; or
(d)has, in Scotland, been ordained to find caution a condition of which is that he shall not possess, use or carry a firearm,
the court by or before which he is convicted, or by which the order is made, may make such order as to the forfeiture or disposal of any firearm or ammunition found in his possession as the court thinks fit and may cancel any firearm certificate or shot gun certificate held by him.
[F6(1A)In subsection (1)(c) “community order” means—
(a)a community order within the meaning of Part 12 of the Criminal Justice Act 2003 made in England and Wales, or
(b)a probation order made in Scotland.]
(2)Where the court cancels a certificate under this section—
(a)the court shall cause notice to be sent to the chief officer of police by whom the certificate was granted; and
(b)the chief officer of police shall by notice in writing require the holder of the certificate to surrender it; and
(c)it is an offence for the holder to fail to surrender the certificate within twenty-one days from the date of the notice given him by the chief officer of police.
(3)A constable may seize and detain any firearm or ammunition which may be the subject of an order for forfeiture under this section.
(4)A court of summary jurisdiction or, in Scotland, the sheriff may, on the application of the chief officer of police, order any firearm or ammunition seized and detained by a constable under this Act to be destroyed or otherwise disposed of.
[F7(5)In this section references to ammunition include references to a primer to which section 35 of the Violent Crime Reduction Act 2006 applies and to an empty cartridge case incorporating such a primer.]
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